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Scientific look at back belts.
Spokane, WA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, VC 937, 1995 Jan; :16 minutes
A number of mining companies have provided back belts to their employees in an attempt to reduce low back injuries. But how effective are back belts? Scientific studies show a mixed bag of results, and even suggest some hazards associated with back belt use (for instance, they can increase your blood pressure!). This tape provides a review of recent scientific studies on back belts and what they mean in terms of whether back belts can reduce back injuries.
Back-injuries; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Occupational-hazards; Hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Mining-industry; Miners; Mine-workers; Blood-pressure
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